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NCAA Tournament predictions 2017: Staff picks for Day 1 of March Madness

March has gone mad. Here’s what we think will happen.

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Here we go!

Like a kid on Christmas, I woke up this morning way too early, far too excited to go back to sleep, and forced to sit in bed and wait for the fun to start. I imagine you all did the same.

Lucky for you, you can use the last few minutes before tipoff to make any last-second changes to your bracket. You can also enter our bracket pool here, and get some quick advice from my dog.

Not enough for you? That’s fine. Our staff compiled its picks for all the games today, and you can find them below. Note that my picks are in the last column, so if you want to get everything right, please direct your attention there.

It all starts shortly after noon on the east coast when Notre Dame and Princeton tip off from Buffalo. That game can be seen on CBS.

Happy basketballing!

NCAA Tournament picks: Day 1

Austin Brown Andy Evans Cam Newton Chris Schutte Russell Steinberg
Austin Brown Andy Evans Cam Newton Chris Schutte Russell Steinberg
Notre Dame vs. Princeton Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia
Butler vs. Winthrop Butler Butler Butler Butler Butler
Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State Gonzaga Gonzaga Gonzaga Gonzaga Gonzaga
West Virginia vs. Bucknell West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
Florida vs. East Tennessee State Florida Florida East Tennessee State Florida Florida
Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee MIddle Tennessee Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt Northwestern Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
Maryland vs. Xavier Xavier Maryland Maryland Xavier Maryland
Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's Villanova Villanova Villanova Villanova Villanova
Saint Mary's vs. VCU Saint Mary's VCU VCU VCU Saint Mary's
Purdue vs. Vermont Purdue Purdue Purdue Vermont Purdue
Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State
Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
Arizona vs. North Dakota Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
Iowa State vs. Nevada Nevada Nevada Nevada Iowa State Iowa State